In Arizona, young illegal immigrants battle governor’s policy

Los Angeles Times, 8/29/2012

Gov. Brewer

Under the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, illegal immigrants younger than 31 who came to the U.S. before age 16 are eligible if they are enrolled in school, graduated from high school or served in the U.S. armed forces, and have no criminal record, among other criteria.

But Brewer signed an executive order directing Arizona state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to illegal immigrants here even though they qualify for the Obama program. No federal program, the governor says, gives undocumented immigrants legal status in her state.

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